Friday, September 29, 2017

Just Breathe: The Most Powerful Tool for Personal Transformation and Happiness by Radhika Vachani

Just Breathe is a brilliant book… It goes well beyond the physical practice of yoga asana to reveal the deeper life practice in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. It is the perfect book for all, starters or practitioners, not only to expand their love and understanding of Yoga, one of India’s greatest contributions to humanity, but to live life with fullness.”
– Kabir Bedi, Indian television and film actor

            There seems to be a yoga studio in just about every city in America these days. 24 hour big-box gyms even have yoga classes scrunched between their weight lifting courses and Zumba dance sessions. The Western world has, in a sense, taken Yoga and run with it as an alterative to pilates and dance routines, resulting in this ancient practice leaving its mental and spiritual origins in India, far behind.
“Yoga is a science of the mind. It not only teaches us how to live a more mindful and meaningful existence, but it also helps us discover our remarkable individual potential,” says Radhika Vachani, the founder and CEO of Yogacara Healing Arts, one of the most popular yoga and wellness institutions in Mumbai, India.
This is the heartbeat behind her new book, Just Breathe: The Most PowerfulTool for Personal Transformation and Happiness [Westland Publishing, July 15 2017], the first-ever book written as a tribute to the renowned yoga-legend BKS Iyengar.
In JustBreathe, Vachani begins with her personal journey with Iyengar yoga that helped her climb out of a pit of anxiety, depression and illness, into a life of meaning and joy. Just Breathe takes readers through an inspiring journey based on the ancient text of the Yoga Sutras, and shows us how to skillfully maneuver through this complex rollercoaster called 'Life,’ all centered around one main point: your breath. Through simple, practical techniques, Vachani demonstrates how the breath is by far the most important tool in helping you train and discipline your mind into stillness. A restless mind is not only the route cause of all your experiences of pain and pleasure, but it also determines your ability to discover the best version of yourself.
“If you do not take the time to bring order to your mind, despite everything you do or achieve, your happiness and sense of satisfaction will be short lived and you will spend your entire life on a treadmill to nowhere,” says Vachani, who gave up a successful corporate career in San Francisco to start her holistic wellness business back in India. “My hope is that Just Breathe inspires individuals to take full responsibility for their lives, the state of their minds and the enhancement of their life experiences. Every single one of us have access to a vast reservoir of intelligence, creativity and wisdom that we may never access unless we learn how to do it. Just Breathe is precisely about this journey of self discovery that unfolds through the training of the mind through simple yet integral breathing practices.”
In Just Breathe, Vachani addresses:
·         Changing the way we think so we can live life with meaning, discovering our full individual potential
·         Becoming more responsive versus reactive
·         Handling challenges, stress and anxiety with grace and equanimity
·         Understanding how the mind functions and creates all our experiences of pain and pleasure
·         Yoga, the life practice-developing the art of living skillfully, the journey that is well beyond the physical practice of yoga as seen in the Western world
·         The highly advanced practice of meditation as the ultimate goal of yoga, and the importance of the pre-meditative practices in this journey
·         The path of self discovery and to uncovering our amazing individual potential
·         And much more…

"Each one of us is faced with a tremendous amount of impermanence, volatility and uncertainty in our lives, thus learning how to live life skillfully, living yoga as a life practice, is an integral learned art," Vachani says.

RADHIKA VACHANI is an author, motivational speaker, yoga and holistic wellness expert, and the Founder of Yogacara Healing Arts in Mumbai, India ( A devoted student of the Iyengar School of Yoga for 15+ years, Radhika quit her successful corporate career in San Francisco, to start Yogacara in 2010, after having experienced life-transforming changes with the practices of Iyengar Yoga and Ayurveda. She began Yogacara with the intention of enhancing human wellness and spreading these ancient Indian sciences globally. Yogacara has built a diverse community of corporate leaders, professionals, housewives and senior citizens, that share one common goal: developing inner awareness-the most powerful driver for change, expansion and growth.

Radhika also runs life-transforming retreats all over the world, in the Himalayas, Ladakh and at her Retreat Center outside of Mumbai in Alibaug. To learn more, visit  or connect with Radhika at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Just Breathe is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy Anniversary to My New Me!

Yikes, it is hard to believe I just had my 2 year Anniversary of My New ME!  Two years ago
on September 18th, 2015 my life changed forever.   At the time I thought it was devastating but as I look back on my life. It should of happened sooner and it definitely was a good thing for me.

In the past two years I have tackled many fears and 
finding out "Who Am I" ....

1. Living alone - I was always afraid to live alone. Now after two years I can not imagine living with anyone. Funny how things change.

2. Total decision making - now I make a decision and let it roll ...sometimes good decision and sometimes bad. But they are my decisions.

3. I have started doing what I like and when I like it.  I have taken up hiking, kayaking, and an a active camper. I make soap - paint rocks - and now I am getting back into sewing.

4. I have learned to act on my feelings and emotions - not worry about what should and should not be done or said.  

5. I focus on me - staying healthy in diet and activities.

6. I love to travel and have been on numerous vacations. 

I guess the reason I am writing this post is to let everyone know that when your world is going to end. 
Stand UP  
Determine your coarse of action  - change direction whenever needed
GO FOR IT!!!  
Do what makes YOU HAPPY!!!!! 
Always remember Happiness if not a Given - YOU need to make your own happiness. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My place ......

Have you every been to a location 100's of times and yet you never get tired of the location. Someplace where you often wish you had moved there years ago? Someplace where you know the winters would get you down but the other seasons would be amazing. 

That place to me is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Lake Superior. 

Lake Superior to me is a magical lake. I have seen her WILD and CALM like glass. I call the lake a HER because I know in my heart she has the spirit of a strong powerful woman.  At 64 years of age I plan to continue to explore the area and just maybe one day I will spend many days hiking and exploring Isle Royale.  

Folklore of Lake Superior (Gitchigumi ~ meaning Great Water or Great Lake) ~

The Legend of Michi Peshu:

Mishi Peshu Spirit Lynx Pictograph at Agawa, Lake SuperiorThe Anishinabe tell of the great underwater lynx like creature who lives in the depths of Gitchigumi - the creature called Mishi Peshu or Mishipashoo. He is the ulitmate metaphor representing the power, mystery and innate danger that comes from these sacred waters. With razor like spikes on his back, the face of a lynx or panther, and the body of a sea serpent, this creature demanded respect. The Anishinabe offered tobacco and prayer to the creature spirit before they embarked out onto the waters in their canoes. The calm waters of Lake Superior can be quickly transformed into raging squalls and huge waves from the northern, north-eastern, and north-western gales that often suddenly crop up. These gales sweep over the open water, quickly picking up momentum and causing huge waves, some up to 40 feet high.

Pictographs of Mishi Peshu can be found in several areas around the Great Lakes. The one in the picture to the right is found at Agawa Bay, Lake Superior National Park, in northern Ontario, north of Sault Ste. Marie. The Midewiwin Society claimed in 1850 that this pictograph was painted by an Anishinabe shaman, and represents a heroic 4 day crossing of Lake Superior by a war party of five canoes. The author is believed to be a tribal shaman named Myeengun which means "Wolf." The images are painted using red ochre, a pigment made from the iron ore called hematite, mixed with clay minerals. This is the most famous rock art painting in Canada, according to National Collection Archive sources. 

Legend of the Sleeping Giant:

The Sleeping Giant at Isle Royale in Lake SuperiorOn an island just outside Thunder Bay, now known as "Isle Royale", there lived a great tribe of Ojibwe Natives. Because of their loyalty to the Great Spirit, and their peaceful and industrious mode of living, Nanabijou, the Spirit of the Deep Sea Water, decided to reward them. One day he called their Chief to his great Thunder Temple on the mountain and warned him that if he told the secret to the white man, that he, Nanabijou would be turned to stone. The Chief gave his promise, and Nanabijou told him of the rich silver mine, now known as "Silver Islet". The Great Spirit told him to go to the highest point on Thunder Cape, and here he would find the entrance to a tunnel that would lead him to the centre of the mine.

Apparently the Chief and his people found the mine, for the Ojibwe became famous for their beautiful silver ornaments. So beautiful indeed were they, that the Sioux warriors on seeing them upon their wounded enemies, strove to wrest their secret from them. However, torture and even death failed to make the gallant Ojibwe divulge their secret and the Sioux chieftains had to devise another scheme to find the source of the Ojibwe silver. One day they summoned their most cunning scout to a pow-wow and a plan was formed.

The scout was to enter the Ojibwe camp disguised as one of them. This he did and in a few days succeeded in learning the secret of the island of silver. Going to the mine at night he took several large pieces of the precious metal in order to prove to his chieftain that he had fulfilled his mission. The scout however never returned to his camp, for on his way back he stopped at a white traders post to purchase some food. Having no furs or money with which to pay for the goods, he used a piece of the silver. Seeing such a large piece of the gleaming metal, two white men sought to obtain the whereabouts of its source, in order to make themselves fabulously rich. After filling the Sioux scout with alcohol they persuaded him to show them the to the mine.

When almost in sight of "Silver Islet" a terrific storm broke over the Cape. The white men were drowned and the Sioux man was found in a crazed condition floating aimlessly in his canoe, but the most extraordinary thing that had happened during the storm, was that where once was a wide opening to the bay, now lay what appeared to be a great sleeping figure of a man.

The Great Spirit's warning had been fulfilled and he had been turned to stone. On a little island at the foot of the Sleeping Giant, can still be seen the partly submerged shafts of what was once the richest silver mine in the northwest.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

7 Ways a Dog Will Change Your Life

If you’ve never had a dog, the decision to get your first can be tough. They need a lot of time and affection, they can be expensive, and there is a lot of hard work involved. Dogs most certainly aren’t for everyone. However, there are also many, many benefits to owning a dog. If you make the leap, there is no doubt that your canine friend will change your life for the better. 
Here’s how.

You’ll Never Be Lonely

We all get lonely from time to time, even if we are with people. It’s an entirely normal part of life. But, this loneliness will vanish the day you bring a dog home. You’ll always have your dog to look after, to talk to and to go out with. He will be a constant companion that won’t leave your side.

You Will Be Loved

Do you crave a human-animal bond? Many people do, but your dog will love you. He’ll show you love with cuddles, licks and nuzzles and this love will be unconditional. Never again will you feel unloved or unworthy; a dog will shower you with affection.

You’ll Be More Active

Dogs need a lot of walking; how much depends on the breed but most of them enjoy a good long walk and a chance to stretch their legs and play. You’ll be much more active as a dog owner. But, if you wanted to take this further, you could start running with your dog or going for much longer walks. You’ll enjoy it more and feel more confident with your dog at your side.

You’ll Meet New People

Even if you don’t take your dog to shows or classes, you will meet more people than you normally do. You’ll get chatting to other dog owners in the park, talk to people waiting at the vet's and say “hi” to everyone you pass with a dog. You’ll be a part of the dog owner’s community.

You’ll Share More

Your dog will want everything you eat and while now you may think “I’ll never share my dinner with a dog,” as soon as he looks at you with his lovely eyes you’ll give in. You’ll soon be sharing more than you ever thought you would.

You’ll Be Closer to Your Family

Families often drift, even when they live in the same house. Your new pet will help to bring you all back together. Family members will visit to meet your dog and keep returning to see him. You’ll all start doing things together again.

You Will Love Unconditionally

Unconditional love is a rare and beautiful thing. After a few weeks, you will almost certainly feel it for your dog, perhaps in a way that you never have for another person. Embrace and enjoy it.
Having a dog can help you to live a longer and happier life. It will keep you physically and mentally fit and healthy for longer and fill your life with love and laughter. If you can see yourself becoming a dog person, why not head down to your local shelter in search of your new best friend?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Enjoy Your LIfe

Have you ever just decided to go on a vacation and leave within three days? 
If not - you should give it a try.  It is a total RUSH to plan and go NOW!

Last Saturday my daughter called and asked if I wanted to fly to Vegas for my birthday. I was like when - she said Tuesday!  I said Tuesday!!!! Yep Tuesday it was.  My nephew, my daughter and I flew out of Milwaukee on Tuesday to Vegas!

I think the fly by the seat of your pants is what was so exciting. It was a great way to rejuvenate and have some fun. 

Seriously, if you are in a rut and need to venture out - check out a last minute trip to somewhere!!!  
Enjoy Your Life - We only get one! 
There is no rehearsal!
This is your life with no reruns or repeats for 
each and every day. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

What is a Recreational Kayak?

Recreational kayak

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
recreational kayak is a type of kayak that is designed for the casual paddler interested in recreational activities on a lake or flatwater stream; they presently make up the largest segment of kayak sales. Compared to other kayaks, recreational kayaks are characterized by having a larger cockpit opening for easy entry and exit and a wider beam (27–30 inches) for more stability on the water and are generally less than twelve feet in length, which makes them slower than a longer boat would be, but lighter, easier to handle in and out of the water, and less expensive. Due to the wider hull, recreational kayaks will not track (maintain a straight line) as well as longer, narrower models. They generally have limited cargo carrying capacity. Using less expensive materials like rotomolded polyethylene and including fewer options helps keep these boats inexpensive.

Comparison with kayaks[edit]

As compared to the other big kayaks, a recreational kayak has characteristics which are different like a larger cockpit that is easy to open, make an entry and exit from. It has a wider beam of about 27-30 inches for more stability in water and is generally less than 12 feet in length. This smaller dimensions of the recreational kayak makes it smaller than a longer boat. As compared to the big kayaks, a recreational kayak is light, and thus it is easier to handle both in and out of water. This recreational kayak is cheaper as compared to a big kayak. Since the recreational kayak has a wider hull, recreational kayaks will not track lines, especially straight lines as compared to longer and narrower models. A recreational kayak has limited cargo carrying capacity as compared to a huge kayak. The materials used to manufacture the recreational kayak is rotomolded polyethylene which is less expensive and has fever options. Recreational kayaks are generally used for fishing.